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In his weekly conversations with newsmakers from across the spectrum, opinion writer Jonathan Capehart will add political and fashion to his other five senses. From elected officials to leading figures in the arts and sciences, Capehart uses his curiosity to make topics and the people who know them best come alive.








Vanita Gupta on the unabashed display of white supremacy in Charlottesville

Given the events of Charlottesville, you need to hear from Vanita Gupta, former head of the Civil Rights Division in the Justice Department under President Obama and President and CEO of the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights.

Duration: 00:19:36

Why Steve Bannon isn't going anywhere

Steve Bannon is a problematic personality in the White House and constantly rumored to be about to lose his job. But Josh Green, author of “Devil’s Bargain: Steve Bannon, Donald Trump, and the Storming of the White House,” says Bannon is here to stay.

Duration: 00:38:14

R. Eric Thomas is the escape from politics that you need right now

The man who gave us the phrase "Auntie Maxine" has Jonathan completely shook. R. Eric Thomas discusses Emmanuel Macron, Barack Obama and who in the Trump administration he’d like to meet.

Duration: 00:32:46

Kamala Harris gets tough on the Russia probe (and ignores the mansplainers)

Senator Kamala Harris talks about ignoring mansplaining in the Senate, her disdain for the Attorney General and her love for a man she met on a blind date.

Duration: 00:28:52

Cornell Belcher on the new swing voter

Cornell Belcher talks about who the new swing voter is and what the Democratic Party needs to do to win them over.

Duration: 00:30:04

Sherrilyn Ifill exposes the absurdity of Trump’s election integrity commission

Sherrilyn Ifill, president of the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund, discusses the election integrity commission, the ins and outs of voter suppression efforts in Texas and around the country, their down ballot implications and the omnipresent spectre of race in all of it.

Duration: 00:34:54

Fourth of July special: What we’ve learned about Trump from six months of interviews

What better time than the Fourth of July to reflect on what we've learned over the last six months about President Trump? Jonathan revisits key interviews and highlights what we can learn from them.

Duration: 00:13:49

Debunking the myths about Planned Parenthood with Cecile Richards

Cecile Richards, president of Planned Parenthood, discusses what defunding the organization really means, what it's like to fight with Congress over her work and the possible impact of Trumpcare on Americans.

Duration: 00:26:57

Debbie Dingell on the struggle to find a place in her own party

Rep. Debbie Dingell (D-Mich.) diagnoses problems within the Democratic party and how to solve them. Also, her response to the shooting of congressional republicans and staffers on a baseball field in Alexandria, Va.

Duration: 00:24:10

Valerie Jarrett on why she's still optimistic about the future

Valerie Jarrett, former senior adviser to President Obama, is back on the show to discuss Planned Parenthood, LGBT Pride Month and activism across the country.

Duration: 00:27:15

The real reason people say 'I'm not racist, but'

Justin Gest, author of 'The New Minority: White Working Class Politics in an Age of Immigration and Inequality' discusses why working-class whites continue to stick by President Trump.

Duration: 00:32:52

Actor Jesse Williams on race and cultural appropriation: 'Everybody's gonna copy you anyway'

Grey’s Anatomy actor, Jesse Williams, lit up social media at his acceptance speech at the BET awards last year. In this episode, he discusses cultural appropriation and reminisces about partying with Naomi Campbell at the White House.

Duration: 00:33:33

"The monuments were murder": New Orleans mayor defends focus on removing confederate monuments

Mayor Mitch Landrieu of New Orleans, fresh from removing the last of 4 confederate monuments talks race, reconciliation and rebuilding, not just for his city, but for the country.

Duration: 00:25:16

Senator Christopher Coons on why he prays for President Trump

Sen. Chris Coons (D-Del.) discusses the firing of FBI director James Comey, the questions he needs answered to replace him and why he prays for President Trump.

Duration: 00:17:42

Maxine Waters: Jeff Sessions believes “it’s his job to keep minorities in their place”

Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) talks about wanting to impeach Donald Trump, why she thinks Jeff Sessions is a racist and how she feels about her nickname, 'Auntie Maxine'.

Duration: 00:31:21

Richard Branson on Trump’s coal plans: ‘I can’t think of anything more stupid’

Before he took to the streets in the climate march, Sir Richard Branson talked with Jonathan about climate change, space travel, and his kite boarding contest with his best bud Barack Obama. This episode of Cape Up comes from Washington Post Live’s CEO Series Executive Actions and has been edited for time and clarity. For more information and to watch the full video visit wapo.st/postlive

Duration: 00:34:16

Author Eric Liu: The power of decentralized resistance

Erik Liu, author of "You're More Powerful Than You Think: A Citizen's Guide to Making Change Happen" talks about the evolution of resistance movements, and his advice for protesters today.

Duration: 00:27:42

It’s not just Trump: With Brexit and France votes, Russia is cultivating the global right

Jame Kirchick discusses some themes in his new book titled, “The End of Europe: Dictators, Demagogues, and the Coming Dark Age.” including the rightward lurch of Europeans and their governments and the rise of anti-Semitism.

Duration: 00:26:10

Khalil Gibran Muhammad on how fear of Trump could become as dangerous as Trump himself

Khalil Gibran Muhammad, a professor at Harvard's Kennedy school, discusses a recent controversy in the schools of his hometown in New Jersey that involved race and slavery and the current dangers it revealed.

Duration: 00:28:20

Congresswoman Karen Bass on why she feels like a political therapist

As former speaker of the California Assembly, Congresswoman Karen Bass (D-Calif.) has experience working with a celebrity new to government and says she now feels like a political therapist for her constituents.

Duration: 00:28:26

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